2019 Carrillo Gantner (AC) receives Order of Australia
Congratulations to Carrillo Gantner (AC) who has received the highest accolade in the Australian Honours system being made a Companion of the Order of Australia for ‘eminent service to the community through professional involvement in, and philanthropic support for, the performing and visual arts, and to Australia-Asia exchange.’ Carrillo’s long-term involvement with Four Winds exemplifies this ‘eminent service.’
Carrillo’s mother, Neilma Gantner, was a Four Winds founder, and Carrillo was involved from our first Four Winds Festival in 1991. Between 1994 and 2004, Carrillo and Rodney Hall were Artistic Directors and in no small measure responsible for Four Winds outstanding success. In 2002 Neilma established the Four Winds Foundation, independent from Four Winds, and through which Four Winds can apply for grants for parts of our artistic program. Carrillo is the Chair of the Foundation and he gifted the land on which ‘Nature’s Concert Hall’ is situated, to the Foundation, to allow for its development as a world class performance space. The Foundation also made significant financial contributions to the capital costs of the this amazingly beautiful, creative space that is now available for year round events including the Easter Festival and the Youth Music Festival. While Carrillo is now at arms-length from Four Winds, we continue to value his wise counsel based on his wealth of knowledge of the performing arts.
We also wish to celebrate others in the performing arts who have received Australian Honours. Elena Kats Chernin, our featured composer at the up-coming Easter Festival 2019, has been made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) ‘for distinguished service to the performing arts, particularly to music, as an orchestral, operatic and chamber music composer.’ Friends of Four Winds, Lou Bennett (previously of Black Arm Band) and Lyn Williams (of Gondwana Choirs) were both made Members of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to the performing arts.